Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

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It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with a look at the top 70 songs of the past 25 years -- a time during which superstar acts like Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and more have helped take country music to ever greater heights.

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Top No. 1 Artists & More

The Top 70 County Songs of 1989-2014 rankings are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart, through the Billboard chart dated January 18, 2014. Titles are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the lower end of the chart earning the least. Prior to the Hot Country Song’s implementation in January 1990 of monitored radio airplay by Nielsen BDS, titles on those lists had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain eras were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.

  1. 70

    "Beer For My Horses" Toby Keith with Willie Nelson

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/14/2003

     

  2. 69

    "I Love You" Martina McBride

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/30/1999

     

  3. 68

    "Walkin' Away" Clint Black

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 5/19/1990

  4. 67

    "I'm Alright" Jo Dee Messina

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 8/22/1998

     

  5. 66

    "Nobody's Home" Clint Black

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/20/1990

     

  6. 65

    "Remember When" Alan Jackson

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 2/7/2004

     

  7. 64

    "Roll With Me" Montgomery Gentry

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/20/2008

     

  8. 63

    "Summertime" Kenny Chesney

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/17/2006

     

  9. 62

    "Carrying Your Love With Me" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/19/1997

     

  10. 61

    "Breathe" Faith Hill

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/25/1999

    NEXT - Top Country Songs 1989-2014: 60-51

  11. 60

    "Don't Rock The Jukebox" Alan Jackson

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/6/1991

     

  12. 59

    "God Gave Me You" Blake Shelton

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/29/2011

     

  13. 58

    "Pickup Man" Joe Diffie

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/17/1994

     

  14. 57

    "Chicken Fried" Zac Brown Band

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/6/2008

     

  15. 56

    "Good Morning Beautiful" Steve Holy

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 2/2/2002

     

  16. 55

    "Bless The Broken Road" Rascal Flatts

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 2/12/2005

     

  17. 54

    "Time Marches On" Tracy Lawrence

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/22/1996

     

  18. 53

    "Unanswered Prayers" Garth Brooks

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/12/1991

  19. 52

    "Love, Me" Collin Raye

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/4/1992

     

  20. 51

    "Keep Me In Mind" Zac Brown Band

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/24/2011

    NEXT - Top Country Songs 1989-2014: 50-41

  21. 50

    "I Swear" John Michael Montgomery

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 2/5/1994

     

  22. 49

    "Our Song" Taylor Swift

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/22/2007

     

  23. 48

    "Do I" Luke Bryan

    Country Songs Peak Position: 2, Peak Date: 12/5/2009

     

  24. 47

    "Some Beach" Blake Shelton

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/25/2004

     

  25. 46

    "Love Gets Me Every Time" Shania Twain

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 11/8/1997

     

  26. 45

    "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" Brooks & Dunn

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 4/28/2001

     

  27. 44

    "Wide Open Spaces" Dixie Chicks

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 11/7/1998

     

  28. 43

    "Something Like That" Tim McGraw

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 9/25/1999

     

  29. 42

    "Chattahoochee" Alan Jackson

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/17/1993

     

  30. 41

    "Achy Breaky Heart" Billy Ray Cyrus

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 5/30/19

    NEXT - Top Country Songs 1989-2014: 40-31

  31. 40

    "Consider Me Gone" Reba

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/2/2010

     

  32. 39

    "I Just Got Started Lovin' You" James Otto

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 5/17/2008

     

  33. 38

    "Blue Clear Sky" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/8/1996

     

  34. 37

    "Little Bitty" Alan Jackson

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/7/1996

     

  35. 36

    "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood

    Country Songs Peak Position: 2, Peak Date: 7/14/2012

     

  36. 35

    "Jesus, Take The Wheel" Carrie Underwood

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/21/2006

     

  37. 34

    "One Night At A Time" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 4/26/1997

     

  38. 33

    "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" Vince Gill

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/26/1992

     

  39. 32

    "The Good Stuff" Kenny Chesney

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/27/2002

     

  40. 31

    "Jukebox In My Mind" Alabama

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 9/8/1990

    NEXT - Top Country Songs 1989-2014: 30-21

  41. 30

    "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 8/9/2003

     

  42. 29

    "Don't Blink" Kenny Chesney

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/27/2007

     

  43. 28

    "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Toby Keith

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 3/18/2000

     

  44. 27

    "Where The Green Grass Grows" Tim McGraw

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/3/1998

     

  45. 26

    "Friends In Low Places" Garth Brooks

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/6/1990

  46. 25

    "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" Randy Travis

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 3/17/1990

     

  47. 24

    "Watching You" Rodney Atkins

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/27/2007

     

  48. 23

    "This Kiss" Faith Hill

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 5/16/1998

     

  49. 22

    "My Maria" Brooks & Dunn

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 5/18/1996

     

  50. 21

    "Why Don't We Just Dance" Josh Turner

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 2/20/2010

    NEXT - Top Country Songs 1989-2014: 20-11

  51. 20

    "I Like It, I Love It" Tim McGraw

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 9/16/1995

     

  52. 19

    "19 Somethin'" Mark Wills

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/11/2003

     

  53. 18

    "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 11/11/2006

     

  54. 17

    "Wagon Wheel" Darius Rucker

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 4/13/2013

     

  55. 16

    "As Good As I Once Was" Toby Keith

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/23/2005

     

  56. 15

    "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)" Rodney Atkins

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 8/12/2006

     

  57. 14

    "I've Come To Expect It From You" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 12/8/1990

     

  58. 13

    "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/17/2004

     

  59. 12

    "That's What I Love About Sunday" Craig Morgan

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 3/26/2005

     

  60. 11

    "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 11/28/2009

    NEXT - Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014: 10-1

  61. 10

    "Love Without End, Amen" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/9/1990

     

  62. 9

    "Check Yes Or No" George Strait

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 11/11/1995

     

  63. 8

    "Somebody Like You" Keith Urban

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/19/2002

     

  64. 7

    "It's Your Love" Tim McGraw with Faith Hill

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 6/7/1997

     

  65. 6

    "That's My Kind of Night" Luke Bryan

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 8/31/2013

     

  66. 5

    "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor Swift

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 10/20/2012

     

  67. 4

    "Amazed" Lonestar

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 7/17/1999

  68. 3

    "Just To See You Smile" Tim McGraw

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 1/17/1998

     

  69. 2

    "Wanted" Hunter Hayes

    Country Songs Peak Position: 1, Peak Date: 9/29/2012

     

  70. 1

    "Cruise" Florida Georgia Line